Conseco Inc. has undergone rapid change in Gary Wendt's brief tenure as chairman and CEO. In 10 months at the helm of the Indianapolis-based insurance and consumer finance company, Wendt has overseen the disposal of $1.7 billion of assets-including a $122 million stake in the Argosy Gaming riverboat-and the elimination of 2,000 jobs at Conseco Finance.In April, the company stepped up its efforts to rein in expenses by announcing plans to shift some of the company's call center servicing and back-office processing to India. Related to this decision, Conseco is acquiring exlService, a firm specializing in these functions which is based in Hyderbat, India.
The deal calls for Conseco to acquire nearly 12 million shares of exlService in exchange for about 3.4 million shares of Conseco's common stock. The transaction is valued at $52.6 million.
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